MacBreakZ - Ergonomic assistant with improved tablet support
MacBreakZ is an ergonomic assistant which prompts the computer user to take breaks at regular times, depending on how heavily you use the computer. During the breaks, it offers ergonomic tips and also shows appropriate stretching and relaxation exercises.
MacBreakZ comes with a great setup assistant which helps you customise the program for your style of computer use and your particular worries - fatigue, wrist strain, and so on. The latest version offers extra customisation for those using a tablet and stylus type of input device such as the Wacom Bamboo tablet discussed previously:
Tablet input devices behave very differently from mouse or trackball devices, because they produce a constant stream of micro-cursor movements when the stylus is brought close to tablet. A mouse-based algorithm will interpret this as constant movement and thus over-estimate the amount of user activity. The new version contains specific tablet-related questions in the setup assistant that help produce an optimized setup.
I have previously emailed with the author of MacBreakZ about some disability specific concerns and I found he was very approachable and interested in my feedback. I recommend that users with any concerns about the program contact him!
- Ricky Buchanan